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Our forward-thinking teaching staff, state-of-the-art facilities, and strong links to world-renowned companies will provide you with the support you need to embark on your career journey. We have a wide range of academic departments, offering short, undergraduate, and postgraduate courses in the arts and creative industries, health sciences, computing, engineering, education, social sciences, business, law, tourism, and more.

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Our students from overseas have the opportunity to experience living in the UK, to absorb its culture and language, and to make valuable contacts and friendships. You'll gain not only an internationally-recognised qualification but also the skills, experience, and knowledge you need to develop a career wherever you choose to go in the world.

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Online courses

We have a range of 100% online degrees and blended learning degrees that have been expertly designed for busy working professionals around the world. They combine the University’s core strengths of high-quality teaching and deep expertise in international and distance learning.

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Student case studies

Don’t just take our word for it – hear what it’s like to study at the University of Sunderland from our current students and find out where our life-changing degrees have taken our graduates.

Student case studies

Discover Sunderland

Delve further into your subject of interest with insightful articles and interviews with academics and subject experts.

Discover Sunderland blog

Other ways to study with us

You can study with the University of Sunderland across the world. We've been recognised as one of the top five providers of transnational education and work with partners to deliver our degree courses all over the world, including Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, Kenya, and Vietnam. We also offer distance learning opportunities to study University of Sunderland courses in your country, including the use of remote library services and e-resources.

Other ways to study with us

Study Abroad

Study Abroad is an incredible experience that allows you to study for one or two semesters of your second year at one of our exchange partners. The time you spend abroad replaces the time you would've spent in Sunderland, so there's no need to extend your studies. Plus, the credit gained from the time spent abroad will be transferred back to your records in Sunderland.

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Degrees explained

We offer degrees at every level, from foundation degrees to doctorates. A degree is a qualification awarded by a university. Degrees are awarded to those who complete a prescribed number of modules and/or credits. Different degrees are mapped to various levels on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

Degrees explained

Short courses and CPD

Top up your knowledge or learn something new with our range of short courses. We also offer a number of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses for working people that allow you to fit your studies around work or other commitments.

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Advanced, higher and degree apprenticeships

Transform your business performance and build your team with our advanced, higher and degree apprenticeships. Our courses are a cost-effective solution for all employers and learners to acquire the latest higher-level industry skills and knowledge.

Advanced, higher and degree apprenticeships

Postgraduate research

Research practice at the University of Sunderland is stitched into the fabric of the institution. For almost 100 years, researchers at the University have been challenging themselves and their subject to improve society across all its facets from the early days of pharmacy to the support for heavy industry at its height, through to today's new sciences and advanced technologies.

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